Archive for ‘March, 2011’

Liberals Demand Vote On Libya >

A group of more liberal Democrats has officially asked Speaker John Boehner to allow a vote to officially authorize the U.S. military mission in Libya. This letter was signed by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA), Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Barbara Lee …

Health Law Sparring >

The battle over health reform continues today in a House subcommittee, as Republicans push ahead with several bills that would cut out funding from the Obama health reform law. The legislative effort comes as both parties are working overtime on this issue, each side looking at the same landscapes and …

Obama Energy Speech >

Remarks of President Barack Obama—As Prepared for Delivery A Secure Energy Future Georgetown University March 30, 2011   As Prepared for Delivery—   We meet here at a tumultuous time for the world.  In a matter of months, we’ve seen regimes toppled and democracy take root across North Africa and …

What War In Libya? >

My rule of thumb about the deployment of U.S. military forces is that if there are very few or no casualties, then the American people quickly move on to other matters. The same thing applies to the Congress. On Tuesday, the commander of NATO’s military forces happened to be a …

Obama Energy Talking Points >

In advance of President Obama’s speech today on energy issues, the White House has issued the following talking points on energy matters. = March 30, 2011   FACT SHEET: America’s Energy Security    Rising prices at the pump affect everybody – workers and farmers; truck drivers and restaurant owners.  Businesses …

Congressional Budget Spitballs >

I got some chuckles this week on both radio and television when I said that lawmakers in Congress were in essence throwing spitballs at each other over the budget. But that is about where we are at. Tuesday featured more finger pointing and blame game from both parties, as they …

Congress, NATO & Libya >

The morning after President Obama’s speech to the nation on Libya, Senators had the chance to hear from the military commander of NATO, as both parties pressed for answers on U.S. involvement in Libya. U.S. Navy Admiral James Stavridis said he was “comfortable” with the mission as it had been …

Untouched Earmark Money >

As Congress struggles to reach a budget deal, there is still a lot of low hanging budget fruit that could be cut by lawmakers, but it might be in areas that Republicans don’t want to go. So far, the Congress has cut $10 billion in spending while approving five weeks …

Obama Libya Speech II >

President Obama sternly defended U.S. military action against Libya, announcing that control of the operation will be officially handed over to NATO on Wednesday. “So for those who doubted our capacity to carry out this operation – I want to be clear – the United States of America has done …

Obama Libya Speech >

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ EMBARGOED UNTIL DELIVERY March 28, 2011 The President’s Address to the Nation on Libya – As Prepared for Delivery National Defense University Washington, DC March 28, 2011   As Prepared for Delivery—   Good evening. Tonight, I’d like to update the …